History / Overview
Mercedes-Benz redesigned its mid-size E-Class into a 10th generation in 2017. The E-Class comprises a wide range of variants, including a sedan, station wagon, coupe and convertible.
What's New / Key Changes from Last Year
E-Class changes for 2020 are in trim and features. The entry-level model has been renamed E 350 from last year's E 300 label, which comes with a 14-hp power increase. Sedan and wagon models gain a heated steering wheel, wireless smartphone charging, and rear-seat USB ports as standard. All other changes are to do with new options and revised option packages.
Benz offers the E-Class as the E 350 sedan; the E 450 (sedan, coupe, wagon and convertible); AMG E 53 (sedan, coupe, wagon, and convertible); and AMG E 63 S (sedan and wagon). All trims are built around unique turbo engines: a 2.0L four-cylinder for the E 350; a 3.0L mild hybrid six-cylinder for E 53 cars; and a 4.0L V8 for the E 63.
All-wheel drive and a 9-speed transmission are included in all trims.
E 350 mechanical and exterior features include engine auto start/stop, selective damping suspension, 18-inch wheels and tires, all-LED exterior lighting, and rain-sensing wipers.
Inside, there are power front seats with memory, ash wood trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, ambient lighting, heated front seats and steering wheel, power-folding side mirrors, artico upholstery, a 12.3-inch infotainment display, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, voice control, and wireless smartphone charging.
E 350's standard safety package comprises attention, crosswind, blind spot, and traffic sign assists; and tire pressure warning.
E 450 trim adds sport brakes, car-to-X communication, active parking assist, leather upholstery, and a garage door opener.
The AMG E 53 brings AMG-specific tunings for the transmission, AWD, and suspension; performance brakes; a sport exhaust; 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, artico dash trim, a Nappa leather steering wheel and seat upholstery, digital gauge cluster, and navigation.
Finally, AMG E 63 models gain an electronic limited slip differential, race and drift drive modes, 20-inch wheels, adaptive high beam assist, active LED headlights, three-zone climate control, and a black headliner.
A tech package adds upgraded LED headlights, highbeam assist, head-up display, and 360-degree camera views.
An intelligent drive package turns the E-Class into a nearly self-driving car, with adaptive cruise, evasive steering assist, lane keeping/lane change assist, emergency braking, stop-and-go, and route-based speed adaptation.
E 53 and E 63 offer a premium package that brings a Burmester stereo, hands-free trunk release and power trunk closer, passive keyless entry, heated front armrests and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, auto high beams, and 360-degree camera views. A comfort package brings multi-contour front seats and a cabin air purification and fragrance system.
As of this writing, Mercedes-Benz hadn't published fuel consumption estimates for all E-Class variants.
That includes the E 350, whose figures should be close to those for last year's E 300, at 11.0/8.1 L/100 km (city/highway).
E 450's ratings are 12.5/9.1 L/100 km in the coupe, and 12.7/10.1 for the convertible. The sedan and wagon should be nominally more efficient.
The 2020 AMG E 53 is rated 11.2/8.3 L/100 km (city/highway) in the sedan, and 12.5/9.0 for the convertible. Wagon estimates should be similar to those for the sedan, and the coupe's should come in similar to the convertible.
Finally, the AMG E 63 fuel consumption is estimated at 14.6/10.4 for the wagon, and 16.0/10.5 in sedan form.